Orla Collins has been appointed as the global president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Collins takes on the role for 2021/22, assuming the chain of office from last year’s president Mark Millar. She is the first woman president from Ireland in ACCA’s 118-year history and ACCA’s fifth woman president.

As president, Collins will be the figurehead and leader for ACCA’s 233,000 members and 536,000 future members in 178 countries. After joining ACCA in 1997, Collins became a council member in 2012.

Collins said: “I’m honoured to be ACCA’s global president and want to thank Mark for his dedication over 2020/21. For my presidential term, I’ll focus on opportunity and the value of the global accountancy profession. I want to celebrate all that ACCA offers as a professional body to its members, future members and its wider community.”

Collins was confirmed in her new role at the annual Council meeting after ACCA’s AGM on the 18 November. Joseph Owolabi, from Melbourne, Australia, was appointed deputy president and Ronnie Patton, a senior lecturer at Ulster University, became vice president.